|Buy Local Week starts today!|
Buy Local Week launches today! We have some fun in store for you with the release of the Buy Local video promoting musicians, businesses, and organizations local to our community. Plus you'll see our Buy Local posters and advertisements all over Washtenaw County reminding folks to shop local!
Back in September a Buy Local song made its debut at the Homegrown Festival. Chris Good's new song & video, is a celebration of Ann Arbor community, commerce, and culture. The project is a community supported collaboration between 15 Ann Arbor area musicians and more than 40 local businesses & organizations. Many of which are Think Local First members!
"Collecting the video footage around town was just a blast," Good said. "So many wonderful and charismatic business people all over town were total sports to be a part of it. It was a tremendous coordinating effort between a lot of people."
The Care Response Holiday Open House is on Wednesday, December 18th, from 2 pm to 7 pm. Come enjoy great food, door prizes, and friendly conversation at 3025 Boardwalk Drive (NCMS Building) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. No RSVP is necessary, they just hope to see you there!
During Buy Local Week it is your opportunity to support the businesses that support our economy. Why is this important? Here are three keys elements to keep in mind when deciding WHERE to spend your money:
If you care about Washtenaw County and don't want it to look like "any town" then shop smartly. Support those that support you! Aside from the smart aspect of keeping your dollars in our community, remember that local businesses give back 2 to 3 times more in charitable donations. Are you beginning to see the picture? You support them, they support the community, and it starts over again. This is a win-win for our community!
Look for our membership identification stickers on member windows and doors and tell them you value them and are choosing to shop local. The person behind the counter just might be your friend, family member, or neighbor and they are counting on you!
We'll be launching Buy Local Week at The Ark with Black Jake and the Carnies. Come and join us tonight for only $15. Click here for more information!
Check out the Buy Michigan Now 2013 Holiday Gift Guide that has 100+ Ideas for buying locally made products from Michigan! Economists estimate that if each of us spend just $64 on American-made products we could generate 200,000 new U.S. jobs. Let's make those Michigan jobs! Shop local, buy Michigan-made, and encourage others to join you.
And be sure to look for our ads in The Ann Magazine and The Ann Arbor Observer. Plus we will have reminders to shop local on The Ann Arbor Chronicle and A2Indy online news sites. Please tell you friends, family, and neighbors why you think it is important to shop local. The more money that stays in our community the more healthy it will be for everyone!
We had the pleasure of hosting our annual meeting at Cafe Marie. Our guest speaker was Washtenaw County Commissioner Chair Yousef Rabhi. He gave us an update on the work being done by the Office of Community and Economic Development regarding local procurement.
The County Commissioners are planning to discuss this topic soon and hope to enact a procurement policy that will bring local businesses in Washtenaw County to the top of the list when contacts are being awarded. We have thought that it makes sense to spend our tax dollars on goods and services from those that paid them and they agree!
We will keep you up to date regarding when this discussion is happening so you can communicate why it is important to you. Our commissioners need to know that you support this effort. Stay tuned to learn how you can support this effort!
Unity Vibration's unique Triple Goddess Bourbon Peach kombucha beer recently earned recognition as one of Draft Magazine's Top 25 Beers of 2013 in the Nov/Dec 2013 issue. The beer is a new direction of a hybrid kombucha-based gluten free beer and adds a more healthy option for craft beer lovers. Congratulations owner Rachel and Tarek Kanaan!
This Saturday is Motawi Tileworks annual Tile Overrun Sale! Click here for details and a 25% off coupon for one item. Plus one of their new Charley Harper tiles made the New York Times Gift Buying Guide! How exciting is that!
Sesame Street Live's Very Own Cookie Monster is Coming to Ann Arbor Cooks this Sunday for our Parent/Child Biscotti Cookie Class!! If you know someone that is a fan, click here to learn more.
Annual passes for Recycle Ann Arbor's Drop-Off Station go on sale starting December 1st. Annual passes exempt the customer from the Drop-Off Station's entrance fee until December 31st, 2014. For customers that don't visit frequently enough to gain value from the annual pass, Recycle Ann Arbor provides a 10-visit punch pass. This pass has no expiration date and is good for 10 visits. For more information click on this link!
Each January for the last six years, The Institute for Local Self Reliance has worked in partnership with AMIBA, BALLE, and other independent business groups to survey thousands of locally owned, independent businesses across all 50 states and nearly every sector of the economy (retail, services, food, manufacturing, etc.). These surveys have provided concrete data demonstrating the impact of our collective efforts to shift how people think and act. The findings are typically cited in over 100 news stories each year, helping to validate and spread the pro-indie message.
Because the survey will only be open for a short, two-week window - Jan. 6th to Jan. 21st - we're giving you advance notice to encourage you to mark on your calendar to take the survey beginning January 6th. Stay tuned for the link that we will forward in January!
If you want to share your news, give Ingrid Ault a call at (734) 730-6905. We are always booking and it is a free member benefit!
In September and October we hosted a series of workshops detailing what the local food entrepreneur needs to know to start a food based business. The Building Blocks for Local Food Entrepreneurs was a smashing success, but there were many folks that wanted to come and couldn't make it.
No problem. We filmed each workshop and the first one is now available to watch. If you missed part 1, then now is your chance to watch it! Click here to find out what you missed -- just kidding you can watch it here -- you didn't miss anything except for the great food that we served!
Non business owners support us too!
We are pleased to have the continuous participation of these businesses. Make sure you click their links (they like it when you do that):